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University of Birmingham: Special Education: Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment

Institution University of Birmingham View institution profile
Department School of Education View department profile
Study type Taught


This distance learning course for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment is the largest in the UK and one of the leading programmes in this field both nationally and internationally.

Our MEd/Postgraduate Diploma for Teachers of Children with Hearing Impairment course aims to meet the needs of the wide range of people working with deaf children. The Mandatory qualification, which has been approved by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), is open to teachers who are qualified to teach learners in England (from 0 to 25 years of age) and it aims to equip teachers who are already qualified to teach learners in England to meet the relevant standards to achieve qualified teacher of the deaf status.

The Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) in Special Education for the Education of Learners with a hearing impairment, is also open to other professionals who do not wish, or are not eligible, to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status – for example lecturers of deaf students, communication support workers and educational psychologists. If you are not a qualified teacher of school-aged pupils, you may take this award but will not be eligible to obtain qualified teacher of the deaf status from the NCTL.

If you successfully complete all modules for the Postgraduate Diploma you may choose to transfer to the MEd.


Postgraduate Diploma - PgDip

University of Birmingham
The School of Education

The School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. 

The School is an Outstanding Provider of Teacher Training for Primary and Secondary Education, as accredited by Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) and offers Teacher Training for both Primary and Secondary Education

It is an international leader within its field and one of the largest research-led schools of education in the UK employing over 100 academic staff …

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